LMO’s blunder

Oh dear. How on Earth can Luis Moreno-Ocampo, prosecutor for the ICC, start a press conference with the following statement.

“Judges confirmed that the first acts of violence in 2007/08 were planned and organised by members of the ODM led by Ruto a year in advance.”

Judges did not confirm this. They confirmed that there was enough evidence to suggest this may have been what happened, and that the case can now proceed to trial – where justice will then be delivered.

It is not Moreno-Ocampo’s place to pronounce the verdict ahead of the trial. His job is to submit the evidence and then let the judges make the verdict.

I’m still amazed how someone with his seniority – not to mention pay packet – can make such ill-thought out statements. It would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious. Doesn’t he realise how politicised the debate has become in Nairobi. Anything he says will be lapped up by the Kenyan media – so he should be really, really careful when he says anything about the situation there.

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